Veganuary: The best places to eat in Suffolk & Cambs
Ditching the meat and dairy this January and joining the Veganuary revolution? Here are the best plant-based and vegan restaurants in Cambs and Suffolk
Ditching the meat and dairy this January and joining the Veganuary revolution? You and me both, (plus apparently 250,000 others!). Thankfully it doesn’t mean you have to stay at home all month and munch on sunflower seeds and lentil stews. There are loads of fabulous restaurants across both Suffolk and Cambs that cater for vegans and plant-based diets. I’ve rounded up the very best to help you stick to your new regime.
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Cambridge
This Japanese/Danish restaurant might have the word sushi in the title, but they’ve just launched a Veganuary friendly meat-, fish- and dairy-free menu called From the Green Kitchen, which includes clever vegan takes on classic fish dishes. Think vegan nigiri, seaweed salads, hosomaki, and black truffle roasted cauliflower.
68 Market Street, Ely
This local, seasonal and sustainable restaurant in the heart of Ely has been working hard on a brand new 2020 menu that is almost entirely vegan! Start with Grain Culture bread followed by vegan fish and chips, or a Mac ‘n’ Cheese burger. Finished off in style with a vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding. There’s so much choice you’ll find it hard to pick just three courses.
Stem + Glory, King Street, Cambridge
Stem + Glory really know what they’re doing when it comes to plant-based food and is ideal for vegans who don’t want to eat somewhere where meat and fish is prepared alongside their meal. The entire menu is vegan and is made fresh on site by the chefs. The Cambridge branch was named one of the top 50 vegan restaurants in the UK in 2019, while the London branch was voted best vegan restaurant in the capital! Aside from the gorgeous cakes, brunch options and even fine dining, our favourite part has to be the vegan bar serving cocktails, mocktails, craft beer and vegan wine. You can even get 10% off if you go on the website and take the Veganuary pledge! The London branch was voted best vegan restaurant in London!
DoppleGanger, Regent Street, Cambridge
Another Cambs restaurant that made it into the top 50 vegan restaurants last year, Doppleganger is a newcomer to the city and has certainly made a big impression. The modern restaurant (think neon lights and American diner-style touches) serves vegan burgers that are so good even staunch meat eaters will be converted. They’ve launched a brand new Veganuary specific menu, but if you’re vegan or want to continue after the 31st Jan, this place will become a regular haunt.
When Polly Met Fergie, Peterborough
This plant-based cafe is run by Paula and Alastair, who has worked in many kitchens including Aldo Zilli & Le Gavroche in London. The ethos behind the WPMF is very much environmental and to lessen the effects of industrial farming and the impact on the planet – feel good food in more way than one! The menu is amazing with everything from pasta and comfort food, like Bourgignon and Southern Fried Seitan, to healthy options and burgers. A must visit.
The Olive Grove, Cambridge
This restaurant won Best Greek Restaurant in UK 2019 so you know you;re in for a Mediterranean treat when you eat here. The food isn’t exclusively plant-based, but they do serve an amazing array of vegan dishes like melitzanosalata, anatolitiki, gemista, risotto, and fava!
Bohemia, St Neots
One of Muddy’s favourite restaurants, Bohemia, has always been great for catering for all diets including vegans. Their chalkboards are always full to the brim with delicious veggie and plant-based options so Veganuary followers will be very happy here. They’re closed for an exciting refurb until 16th Jan, so book this one in for a treat at the end of the month.
The Gog Farmshop, Cambridge
Not a restaurant as such, but if you’re getting bored of blitzing up nuts at home and want to broaden your dinner repertoire head to The Gog Farmshop who now stock amazing award-winning dishes from The Brook restaurant in London. They’ve got everything from vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese to Harissa Sausage Stew. Delicious!
Meatless at Ta Bouche, Cambridge
Meatless, a street food venture is popping up at another Muddy favourite – Cambridge’s Ta Bouche this January. From the 6th you can enjoy an all-day menu that “puts vegetables front and centre without compromising on taste” with dishes from around the world including curries, Thai salads, Korean classic and burgers. Go during the three-day launch and you’ll even get a 50% discount.
Tuddenham Mill, near Newmarket
This fine dining restaurant and hotel prides instead in reducing food miles to food metres as much of what it serves comes directly from the Mill’s gardens, picked fresh every day. If you’ve got a celebration this Jan, you can still eat like a king thanks to a fab choice of plant-based options. They have an entire vegan menu with choices such as celeriac soup and caramelised banana, vanilla poached and blueberries for pud.
Edmundo Lounge, Bury St Edmunds
Eclectic Edmundo Lounge just off the Market Square in Bury has an impressive vegan menu to enjoy in the comfy and quirky surroundings. There’s a vegan full breakfast (falafels, hash browns, baked beans, slow-roasted tomato, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, wood-roasted peppers and toast), vegan falafel and hummus ciabatta for lunch and loads of cakes like dark chocolate and ginger torte – you didn’t think Veganuary meant you were going to lose weight did you?!
Allison’s Eatery, Bury St Edmunds
Vegans and plant-based food lovers of Bury St Edmunds rejoice, because a 100% vegan eatery opened in Bury St Edmunds last summer. Allison’s Eatery can be found at 6 St Olaves Road and they also deliver. There everything from breakfast, lunch and cakes to try and you might recognise all the vegan fare from the market as Allison ran a stall there for many years. You’ll also find a small shop on site selling vegan snacks, soaps and pottery (err can pottery be anything other than vegan?!).
The Weeping Willow, Barrow
This pub is part of The Chestnut Group and has the most delightful meadow setting and stylish interiors where you can make the most of the seasonal, locally sourced menus. And now, The Weeping Willow has branched into the vegan market with some heavenly new dishes like local grey oyster cluster mushroom, charred, smoked and served with garlic and thyme polenta chips. I’m salivating just thinking about it!
Cosy Club, Ipswich
You’ll find this plant-based favourite in Ipwich’s Buttermarket Shopping Centre, so it’s ideal for a bit of mid sale shopping lunch. It’s part of a wider chain, all inspired by the twenties when it comes to interiors. The food is very 21st century though, with a dedicated vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
Probably the must-loved of all Suffolk’s vegan cafés and bakeries, you have to be quick to get a table at Sudbury’s Cradle. The restaurant uses locally sourced organic vegetables, their own milled flour and their own blend of vegan butter, so plant-based is serious business here. Try their French pastries with a turmeric latte for a mid morning pick me up or their tartine for lunch.
The Vegetarian Red Lion, Offton
A veggie and vegan pub? Yes you did hear right. There are no pork scratchings to be found at The Red Lion near Ipswich. Instead you’ll find a family and dog friendly bright and spacious pub with delicious veggie and vegan options. You can even take meat-lovers as the owners have proudly converted many a steak lover to their plant-based burger with chunky chips and onion rings.
The Swan, Lavenham
Award-winning head chef Justin Kett at this smart Lavenham Brasserie has joined forces with Delicious Nutritious in Felixstowe to create a fresh, plant-based additional menu. It’s called ‘Healthy and Nutritious’ and certainly sounds it… highlights include a Hug in a Bowl (thyme, roasted cauliflower, crunchy kale, feta and a lemon dressing), and a Weaver’s Green Power Salad (with avocado, celery, grapes, honey almonds, gem leaves and young shoots).
The Walnut Tree, Thwaite
This pub, near Eye, is another one that has turned its back on tradition and decided to go vegetarian and vegan only. The flavour combinations are cleverly thought out and there’s so much to choose from including homemade sweet potato pakoras with red lentil dhal. There’s even a vegan Oreo tart for pudding. Yes, haven’t you heard? Oreos are vegan!!
Hullabaloo vegan cafe, Ipswich
This award-winning café on St Peter’s Street Ipswich is well known locally for its amazing vegan fare. We’re talking vegan fry ups, Chanteray carrot and ginger soup, sweetcorn fritters, and vegan waffles.
The Greenhouse Café, Felixstowe
The power of the plant has made it all the way to the Suffolk Coast with the opening of this green cafe by a local family. The drinks menu supports ethical growers and there are plenty of tasty homemade vegan cakes, pastries and delicious lunch options like a tofish finger sandwich, and greenhouse burger to choose from.